Honeywell
3.2 of 5 1,449 reviews
www.honeywell.com Morristown, NJ 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 10, 2014
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72% Approve of the CEO

Honeywell Chairman and CEO David M. Cote

David M. Cote

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62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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This place is a dead end...Your starting salary is all you will ever make.

Systems Engineer II (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Honeywell full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe employees here are nice.

ConsYou will be overloaded with work. You will have 10 different programs to work, and never any time to do well on any of them. Expect to be stopped constantly and expected to jump for whatever someone wants immediately, despite your priorities. They do not give raises or promotions. The few raises they give average (not for me, but for everyone) 1% to 1.5% a year. If you are a Band 3 employee (Eng. 1, Eng. 2, Eng. 3, Sr. Eng.), you will work your tail off to ensure that the Band 4 employees get their bonuses. Everything at the 34th St. location is centered around the Project & Program people getting their bonuses. If you are technical, you are not important. Project & Program people will set unrealistic expectations, technically, financially and expected completion date for projects without discussing with the people who make the work happen. They will sign contracts for these impossible requirements and dates with late penalties tied to them ($20,000 per day that you are late, for example). You are then expected to make it happen by that date and under budget. If you don't, you are in a position where you may be fired. If you make it, the Project & Program people (Band 4) all get fat bonuses and you will be lucky to get 1.5% raise at the end of the year. You exist as a Band 3 employee to make everyone else successful. My first year here, after agreeing on a salary, I came in and they took 10% of everyone's pay that year. They also did not purchase office supplies, cut back 401K, cut back on insurance, etc. The next year, the raises averaged 2.5%, the 3rd year it averaged 2%, the next 2 years everyone's raises were 0% (except for Band 4 employees, they all had 0% raises, but received huge bonuses), and this year the average raise was 1.5%. People are leaving all of the time because you can easily make between 33% to 50% more salary at another company doing the same work. Raises are determined in a "totem-pole" meeting that only Band 4 people are invited to. They sit around and discuss every single employee in the department and assign you to a place on the totem-pole. Of course, the Band 4 employees are always at the top, because they make the decision. Then, there is a pot of money of a certain size, and then they go down from top to bottom deciding raise amounts. When you make $120k per year (for example) 6% to 8% raises (and even upwards of 10% at times) eats up a lot of that money quickly. After all of the Band 4 people get their raises, there is not very much money left, so the Band 3 employees get the scraps, based on totem-pole ranking. Everyone will tell you that if you want to make money, you have to leave the company and either stay away, or then come back later to get hired in at a higher salary. Sticking it out will keep you near your starting salary. In the 6 years I have been here, the three small raises I have received (summed together) has not even made up the 10% they took from that first year.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen you do your totem-pole evaluation of all of the employees, remember who it is that gets the work done so you can get those big bonuses.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Enron of Aerospace companies

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Honeywell full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere is very little that is good these days. The salary is good, but the work environment is terrible.

Consno work life balance, you work in a cubicle farm like a number or a rat in a maze, the bonuses are rigged to against the employees. If you do 100% of your goals, your manager or compensation can still reduce your bonus to less than half. I make less here is bonuses that i did at my last job with a lower %. This is not disclosed before you hire. They change your bonuses to penalize you for things outside your control like OTTR.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop driving a culture of workaholic minions that you force to make unethical decision daily to make your revenue projections. Hire more employees to get the job done, STOP the CENSUS FREEZE. If the customer will pay for a body, then for crying out loud hire that body. Stop taking the customers money and just giving them lip service.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Inept management. Rewards performance based on time with the company, not a job well done.

Senion Assembly Tech (Former Employee)
Clearwater, FL

I worked at Honeywell full-time for more than a year

ProsNone. I would not send my worst enemy there to work (Clearwater, Florida)

ConsInept management, no raises for manufacturing while upper management gets huge bonuses, poor benefits, favoritism, attention to the wrong things, useless morning meetings, blatant lying to keep people onboard, very short lunch period with no cafeteria for some buildings (You have to walk 10 minutes each way, then have about 5 minutes to inhale food as you have to get back to your work station to clock back in.)

Advice to Senior ManagementManage!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Cheap cheap cheap cheap

Electronic Tech I (Current Employee)
Tucson, AZ

I have been working at Honeywell full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSafe clean work environment (its a dollar thing more then a employee benefit). Co-workers are great. Kind of hard to think of any more.

ConsI've worked here for 28 years. Never seen a CEO hate his employees so much. It started at the time the federal government forced it to increase funding to our retirement plan. It bit into profits and bit into Cody's bonus. Went down hill after that.
Cody's only attempted contribution to the company is HOS (honeywell operation system), a terrible plagiarism of combined 5S and Kiazen that has failed miserably.

Advice to Senior ManagementDitch Kody and take care of your employees. You can only get so much blood out of a turnip.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A company of creating proprietary processes that are useless in industry

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Honeywell

ProsIt is nice to have a job to put food on the table, but search for another job quickly before your skills are obsolete.

ConsAll processes are copied existing standards that are regurgitated in a more verbose style. Training on the original standards such as DO-178B would be much better than creating internal standards that map to the original. Internal training is very poor. Working here is a good springboard to find another job, but find another job quickly before the skills are obsolete. This organization does not understand that 3rd party certification and training is much better than their internal training. Also this company suffers from a high degree of nepotism.

Advice to Senior ManagementSend all employees to outside experts for training. Do not waste resources on internal training. It is tainted and the internal trainers are not qualified.

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Corporate culture including management-employees interaction is completely communist style driven.

Engineering (Current Employee)
Torrance, CA

I have been working at Honeywell full-time

ProsThere are no "pro" reasons to work at Honeywell, a company engaged in self-sabotage for the benefit of a communist style elite, committed to maximize their gains at the expense of the company.

ConsThe multi-layered management is heavily trained and structured in a iron-clad reporting network functioning with the same grassroots philosophy as the one perfected by the organized crime organizations. There is a gigantic and impenetrable Iron Curtain between management and employees. There is no one to go to and adddress concerns as an employee, since management/HR are committed to the vow of absolute blind bonding amonst themselves and against the fellow employees. The annual reviews are blatant mockeries. Managers are delivering their "evaluations" based on bogus assessments and claims, knowingly so, affording a sarcastic hideous smile while delivering your "development in place" plan for the next period. No performance review complaint has been ever resolved, indifferent of how strong was the evidence presented to support such claim. Illustrous is the case of an employee reveiving the exceptional assessment "Exceeds Honeywell Standards" from the Program Manager he worked for the entirely complete year, and yet the Manager responsible for this employee's annual performance review, downgraded him to "Below Honeywell Standards", requiring his inductance in a Performance Improvement Plan for the next year. Mind bending!

Advice to Senior ManagementThe company can be turned around and survive, once your employees are not regarded as your enemies or inferior-class beings, and by actively pursuing upward mobility in parallel with the vitally important rotation of management that held on to their seats for more than, say, 10 years. They should change departments and locations and will have to re-prove and re-brand themselves in new environments. It has been historically proven that holding on for too long to a leadership function will only lead to complacency, autocracy, opression and regress. Look what this management style achived in the 50 years of communism in Europe and beyond.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A company of "yes" men and very unforgiving of mistakes

Info Systems Administrative (Former Employee)
North Charleston, SC

I worked at Honeywell as a contractor for less than a year

ProsYou are indoors and there is free coffee, they keep the bathrooms clean, I can't think of anything else.

Cons30 minute lunch breaks (on your time)
psychotic security staff will write you up if you take home their cheap plastic badge
Project Managers that have no skills
competitive cut-throat staff
No clear communication on deliverables
Management via Outlook and Lync
Male staff will flirt with your wife out in the parking lot
They can cuss and make jokes but, you can't

Advice to Senior ManagementGive flexible time and respect the opinions of your employees. I know of course that would be impossible.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrible Benefits

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Honeywell full-time for less than a year

ProsI can't think of anything good to say.

ConsBenefits are a joke. They don't seem to care about their employees. They only care about cash and the bottom line.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart treating your employees like people. Try paying the executives what they are worth and start giving us decent benefits.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A public company run like a private one

Operations (Former Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I worked at Honeywell full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere are some talented people, but many are under utilized or pushed away.

ConsEthically challenged, CJ runs it like its his own private club. If you aren't a "FOC", you will never grow in your career. Advancement is primarily for sales and marketing. For those that are bonus eligible, they will find creative ways to not pay it out. They haven't launched a product since Honeywell acquired them in 2006. Those leading the engineering development groups are inept and clueless as to what it takes to launch a product let alone have adequate resources. The dinosaurs suck the life and salary out of those that really care and want to want to do a good job.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new president that is willing to take the necessary risks to move forward. Analytics makes money in spite of itself but you need to listen to those on the front lines that want to make a difference.

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Sometimes technically challenging work, but personally degrading treatment by corporate policies.

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

I have been working at Honeywell full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFairly stable job security since 2005, at least in Aerospace engineering. $7,500 toward education assistance annually.

ConsHoneywell policy shifts over the past ten years have continually eliminated the valuable benefits from working full time at a corporation. Medical coverage cost me $14,500 last year. 401K matching was reduced to 50%. Tea/coffee was eliminated because "it cost the company $60K per year". Can no longer use the mail room to mail personal packages domestically. Ridiculous scrutiny of purchases--I had to purchase my own $45 head set for teleconferences.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen assessing benefits/practices/methods/processes at all sites in order to standardize "one Honeywell", do not choose the lowest common denominator and make it the norm. Show employees you care about them by actually putting there interests first, not just giving lip service. The value of the corporation is not measured on Wall Street, much of it is intangible and cannot be measured by your cost cutting metrics.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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